City Lights Authors in the News

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America at War with Itself
Henry A. Giroux

"Is Donald Trump Actually a Fascist?"

Henry A. Giroux is quoted in this article examining Donald Trump's fascist remarks before the 2016 election cycle. 

"The argument about whether Trump is a fascist or not is really a diversion," says Henry Giroux of McMaster University, author of America at War With Itself. “He is an authoritarian who terribly threatens democracy.” He adds, “Trump is the result of a long series of attacks on democracy, and now the real divide is between those who do and don’t believe in democracy.”

-Toronto Star Apr 2, 2016

"Henry Giroux: Trump's Popularity Can Be Attributed to Culture of Fear, Racism and Hate"

Video: Henry A. Giroux, appearing on CBC TV, attributes Donald Trump's popularity to at least three specific issues. 

-Truthout Mar 8, 2016

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The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir
Susan Daitch

"Excerpt on Brooklyn Quarterly"
-Brooklyn Quarterly Apr 21, 2016

"Book Excerpt on"

Read an excerpt from Susan Daitch's forthcoming novel.

- Berfrois Dec 15, 2015

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Dated Emcees
Chinaka Hodge

"11 Best Things We Saw at BookExpo America 2016"

Entertainment Weekly highlights their BEA, which took place in Chicago in May 2016. Dated Emcees was among the best things they saw.

". . . And from City Lights Press, meet Chinaka Hodge, author of Dated Emcees—a collection of poems about hip-hop and her experiences in relationships with other rappers. She's close with Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, and has collaborated with Hamilton star Daveed Diggs on his album, Small Things to a Giant."

-Entertainment Weekly May 17, 2016

"The BreakBeat Poets: Building a Legacy"

One year ago at the time of the article, Haymarket Books published a groundbreaking poetry collection called The BreakBeat Poets. Featuring the work of seventy-eight different writers, The BreakBeat Poets celebrates the new "BreakBeat Generation." The BreakBeat Generation, as defined by editor Kevin Coval, is a new era whose style is fueled by the hip-hop and spoken-word movements of the Black Arts, Nuyorican, and Beat poets. 

Chinaka Hodge, who was featured in the anthology is spotlighted here with her fellow "BreakBeat Poets" who have new books in 2016.

"Dated Emcees (City Lights Publish) by Chinaka Hodg is a collection of 25 poems, meant to mirror the length of a classic double-album. Hodge's writing is fiercely intelligent and emotionally packed. Each word is so specific and powerful that it feels as if Hodge has invented them just for each poem, just for each reader. Her work explores her own love life through the lens of hip-hop's best known orators, characters, archetypes, and songs. Hodge has been featured in two seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam, as well as on PBS, NPR, and CNN – in other words, she’s kind of a big deal. Dated Emcees will be published on June 7, 2016."

-Consortium Bookslinger Apr 7, 2016

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The Earth Wants YOU
Reverend Billy Talen

"Rev. Billy Brings His Infectious Environmentalist Punk Gospel to an Old Haunt"

"The group are sort of the gospel version of the Clash."

-New York Music Daily May 9, 2016

"Reverend Billy Preaches Against Extinction in Portland"

An article from TakePart discussing Reverend Billy Talen's latest crusade.

-TakePart May 2, 2016

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The Gilda Stories
Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition
Jewelle Gomez

"Vampires, Activists, and the Return of 'The Gilda Stories'"

An article by Kelly Cogswell in Gay City News discussing how The Gilda Stories "not only changed the demographics of vampire stories, but endured as a lesbian classic, an escaped-slave narrative, and an important work of Afro-Futurism that continues to influence young writers, especially young writers of color."

-Gay City News May 12, 2016

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Out of Print
City Lights Spotlight No. 14
Julien Poirier

"Garrett Caples Introduces Julien Poirier's Poetry Album Excellence Higher in Canada"

At City Lights's blog Abandon All Despair Ye Who Enter Here, Garrett Caples brings to readers’ attention Julien Poirier’s innovative poetry album Higher in Canada. (Poirier’s next poetry collection Out of Print is forthcoming from City Lights’s Spotlight series.).

-The Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog Mar 18, 2016

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Incidents of Travel in Poetry
New and Selected Poems
Frank Lima, Garrett Caples, Julien Poirier

"Top Spring Poetry: Seventeen Don't-Miss Titles from Veteran and Upcoming Authors"

Incidents of Travel in Poetry included in Library Journal's list of can’t-miss poetry titles for Spring 2016.

-Library Journal Mar 31, 2016

"Patrick James Dunagan Considers Frank Lima's New and Selected Poems at Bookslut"

"For an in-depth and considered appraisal of Frank Lima's Incidents of Travel in Poetry: New and Selected Poems (City Lights, 2015), you’ll want to head to Bookslut where Patrick James Dunagan reads closely and finds much to admire in the new volume. He begins with a personal account of hearing the early murmurs of the book’s genesis through his friendship with co-editor Garrett Caples.

-The Poetry Foundation's Harriet Blog Mar 9, 2016

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Woman in Battle Dress
Antonio Benitez-Rojo

"Excerpt of Woman in Battle Dress appearing in Literal: Latin American Voices"

Section of the first chapter of Woman in Battle Dress excerpted.

-Literal: Latin American Voices May 12, 2016

"La Cage Aux Mujeres"

SF Weekly's writeup for the book party at City Lights Bookstore for Woman in Battle Dress.

"Born in Switzerland in 1791, the orphan Henriette Faber was widowed at 18. Seeing few options beyond prostitution, she assumed a male identity and enrolled at Université de Paris to study medicine. Faber spent 15 years living as a man, first as a surgeon drafted into Napoleon's disastrous Russian campaign and later as a doctor in a remote Cuban village. Ultimately, it was Faber's wife of several years who betrayed the secret, demanding an annulment and kicking off a sensational trial which ended with Faber's mandatory hospitalization — only after she had attempted suicide to avoid being stripped and paraded through the streets. Faber was eventually exiled to New Orleans, only to be resurrected and reclaimed by recent generations of Cubans in film, and more notably, in the final epic novel of the late great Antonio Benítez-Rojo. Tonight is a celebration, not only of the long-awaited translation of Woman in Battle Dress, but also of Benítez-Rojo's own life, which is nearly as exceptional as Faber's. Insightful translator Jessica Powell is joined by Suzanne Jill Levine, award-winning author of Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman, and Enrico Mario Santí, scholar of Cuban literature."

-SF Weekly Sep 27, 2015

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Under the Affluence
Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America
Tim Wise

"Millions of White Americans Are Dealing with Economic Pain They Haven't Seen for Decades"

An excerpt from the first chapter of Under the Affluence by Tim Wise.

-AlterNet Apr 14, 2016

"What Whites Don't Know About Racism"

Tim Wise's op-ed piece on for their Race and Reality Series, offering a concise introduction to what he refers to as white denial. Despite overwhelming facts that tie inequality to racial discrimination past and present, a significant amount of white people simply do not care to acknowledge that this inequality exists. 

"Only by challenging white denial -- and that means we white folks challenging our own -- can we turn back the rising tide of white anxiety, which has manifested most recently in the campaigns of Donald Trump, the backlash against Syrian refugees and the growing hostility to Black Lives Matter protesters . . . In moments like this, we must proclaim not only that black and brown lives matter, despite a society that has rarely acted as such, but that facts matter, too; and as always, the facts suggest that white America still has some waking up to do." Nov 25, 2015

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Notes on the Assemblage
Juan Felipe Herrera

"U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Headlines Fresno's LitHop"

Video: Footage of United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera headlining LitHop with a well-attended appearance at Fresno City College's Old Administration Building Auditorium Saturday night, April 23, 2016 in Fresno, Calif. Clip includes part of his keynote speech and his book signing.

-Fresno Bee Apr 24, 2016

"Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate, on eating too many chilaquiles and returning to LA."

Profile of Juan Felipe Herrera, who was in LA in early April 2016 for AWP and for the LA Times Book Festival, receiving the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement.

-Los Angeles Times Apr 3, 2016

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Writing on the Wall
Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Johanna Fernández

"Professor Johanna Fernández Talks with Tikkun about Mumia, Bernie Sanders, Love, and the Power of Radical Empathy"

Tikkun interviews Writing on the Wall editor Johanna Fernández back in February when she, activist Angela Davis, and KPFA host Walter Turner held a public discussion about the book in Oakland. The talk was anchored by discussions of Abu-Jamal and his writing but also expanded on the themes of mass incarceration, systemic racism, class warfare, and the promise of modern social uprisings, through the lens of what they referred to as black radicalism and the black prophetic tradition. 

-Tikkun May 11, 2016

"Oakland: Activist Angela Davis Discusses Essays by Mumia Abu-Jamal"

A talk by Angela Davis and Johanna Fernández on the prison writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the book, Writing on the Wall, was organized by KPFA Radio. Lou Fancher reports on the proceedings for the Contra Costa Times.

"A discussion of the latest book by journalist, activist and former death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, Writing on the Wall, drew a standing-room-only crowd Thursday. The event was hosted by activist, scholar and author Angela Davis and Walter Turner, host of the 'Africa Today' show on KPFA, and was devoted to the book's collection of 108 essays written by Abu-Jamal between 1982 and 2014."—Lou Fancher

-Contra Costa Times Feb 25, 2016

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Rad American Women A-Z
Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!
Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl

"Feature in Boing Boing"

"Every woman's story begins with an action: there are no passive heroines in this historical feminist primer."

-Boing Boing Apr 19, 2016

"Award Winner!"

Winner of the Northern California Independent Bookseller's Association's 2016 Best Picture Book Award!

-Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Apr 11, 2016